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Maryland Marriage Laws

Congratulations! If you've found yourself at this page it is likely that you are either planning to be married or have been asked to perform a wedding ceremony in Maryland. Ordained ministers of the Universal Life Church have successfully performed thousands of legal marriages in Maryland. The information provided below will walk you through the steps one must follow to become a minister and perform a valid wedding ceremony in the state of Maryland.

Quick Facts
  • ULC Ordination Accepted: Yes
  • Minister Registration Required: No
  • Minister's Residency: Irrelevant
  • Minister's Minimum Age: 18
  • Marriage License Waiting Period: 2 Days
  • Marriage License Valid For: 6 Months
  • Marriage License Return Within: By Expiration

1 How to Become an Ordained Minister in Maryland

If you haven't already, you should get ordained online with the Universal Life Church. Ordination is free and can be completed in just a matter of minutes. Thousands of legally valid marriages are performed by ULC ministers around the world every year. Begin the process by clicking the big blue button below!

2 How to Officiate a Marriage in Maryland

Next, you should contact the office of your local marriage authority (typically your county clerk). Let them know that you are a minister of the Universal Life Church in Seattle, and ask what they will require of you to officiate a legal marriage.

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3 License to Marry in Maryland

After you've contacted your marriage authority, you should visit our online store to purchase whatever documentation will be required. We typically advise ministers in Maryland to get an Ordination Package. While minister registration is not technically required in Maryland you may be required to present proof of your ordination to the local authorities before any marriages you perform will be accepted as having been legally solemnized. As an added bonus, having this proof of your ordination will provide peace-of-mind to any couple that you intend to marry. Additionally, please attempt to leave at least 3 weeks between the date of the wedding ceremony and your order, to ensure that you receive all of your materials in advance.

4 How to Perform a Wedding in Maryland

Now that you've done all of the above, you are ready to perform the wedding! Be sure that the couple has picked up their Maryland marriage license from the appropriate office. This license is valid for 6 months, and there is a 2-day mandatory waiting period between when the couple receives the marriage license in Maryland and when the ceremony may be legally performed. Please be aware that the signed license must be returned to the issuing office before its date of expiry. At the Universal Life Church we receive several calls from wedding officiants in Maryland, after they've received their license to marry by getting ordained online, asking for guidance on how to perform a wedding ceremony. Once the legal matters have been taken care of, officiating a wedding (while a sometimes-daunting task) can be a great deal of fun. We would suggest that new Maryland wedding ministers concerned about the ceremony peruse one of our helpful wedding guides. The minister training section of our website should offer a helpful refresher for more experienced ministers.

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Maryland Marriage Code

Marriage in Maryland is governed by the Family Law section of Maryland's Revised Statutes. Ministers who got ordained online with the Universal Life Church have successfully solemnized thousands of weddings in the state. Below, you will find that we have reproduced a relevant excerpt of this code.
(2) A marriage ceremony may be performed in this State by:
(i) any official of a religious order or body authorized by the rules
and customs of that order or body to perform a marriage ceremony;
(ii) any clerk;
(iii) any deputy clerk designated by the county administrative judge
of the circuit court for the county; or
(iv) a judge.

View the Maryland Statutes on the official state site
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Allegany County

30 Washington Street
Cumberland, Maryland

Phone: (301) 777-5922
Fax: (301) 777-2100
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Anne Arundel County

7 Church Circle
P.O. Box 71
Annapolis, Maryland

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Baltimore City

111 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore County

401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland

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Calvert County

175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, Maryland

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Caroline County

109 Market Street
Denton, Maryland

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Carroll County

55 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland

Phone: (410) 386-2026
Fax: (410) 876-0822
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Cecil County

129 E. Main Street
Elkton, Maryland

Phone: (410) 996-1021
Fax: (410) 392-6032
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Charles County

200 Charles Street
P.O. Box 970
La Plata, Maryland

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Dorchester County

206 High Street
P.O. Box 150
Cambridge, Maryland

Phone: (410) 228-0481
Fax: (410) 228-1860
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Frederick County

100 West Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland

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Garrett County

203 S. 4th Street
P.O. Box 447
Oakland, Maryland

Phone: (301) 334-1937
Fax: (301) 334-5017
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Harford County

20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air, Maryland

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Howard County

9250 Bendix Road
Columbia, Maryland

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Kent County

103 N. Cross Street
Chestertown, Maryland

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Montgomery County

50 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland

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Prince George's County

14735 Main Street
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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Queen Anne's County

100 Courthouse Square
Centreville, Maryland

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Somerset County

30512 Prince William Street
P.O. Box 99
Princess Anne, Maryland

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St. Mary's County

41605 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 676
Leonardtown, Maryland

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Talbot County

11 North Washington Street
Easton, Maryland

Phone: (410) 822-2611
Fax: (410) 820-8168
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Washington County

24 Summit Avenue
Hagerstown , Maryland

Phone: (301) 733-8660
Fax: (301) 791-1151
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Wicomico County

101 North Division Street
Salisbury, Maryland

Phone: (410) 543-6551
Fax: (410) 546-8590
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Worcester County

One W. Market Street
Snow Hill, Maryland

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